To-do List

Spring break is winding down! I have a few things left on my list before the long drive back to Lincoln:

1. Finish Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink. I am a big fan of Outliers and never finished this one, even though I purchased it last year.

2. Read two stories from Flannery O’Connor’s Collected Works. She’s one of my favorite authors, and I haven’t read much of her this semester. Southern gothic at its best.

3. Enjoy planning with Martha.

4. It’s bonus time at Tyler’s Clinique! It’s time for new makeup, and I can’t resist the fun sample-sized stuff.

5. And finally, I want to find a new design for this blog! I’ve been scouring sites looking for templates, but because I’m not too experienced with blogs, I’m not sure what to do or how to go about this process. Any suggestions?


Tyler, TX

It’s the Thursday of spring break. It’s so good to be home. I’m watching The Real Housewives of New York City. That’s all.
My dad didn’t want this picture uploaded because of his face. But it’s funny to me.


I post a lot about my fiance, but don’t really say too much about the crazy, hilarious, intelligent, beautiful, ad infinitum ladies I love living with. We are LATE 🙂
Lauren- She’s the “L,” generally the one who picks us up when we’re down and tightens the slack when things between us get sloppy or tetchy. She’s in-your-face honest and makes me laugh. We procrastinate together. Slogan: “If you wait ’til the last minute, it only takes a minute.” We go to concerts together, and she’s always in charge of the playlist.
Amanda- the crazy one. With four sisters, welcoming the three of us as if we are, too, is nothing to her. I love her devotion to things she’s passionate about. Manda spent the summer learning and loving with kids from “the dump” in Honduras, and it’s apparent that her heart’s in communicating love in any way she can with kids like this. She’s also the one who will interrupt your story. Over and over. And we love it.
Tia- She’s my suite-mate, apartment-mate, roommate and one of the most caring, thoughtful and truly intelligent people I’ve ever met. We think on the same wave length, probably because we’ve lived together for three years through bad haircuts and bad break-ups, and we haven’t killed each other yet. Tia’s also a neat freak. Future husband of Tia’s: load the dishwasher or face her wrath. 
I wonder what they’d say about me. It’s been a great adventure to share in the lives of your best friends for three years. I don’t know how we do it sometimes, but I am glad we try. In ten years, I hope our kids’ names spell out something ridiculous, so they can have painted letters on their walls, too. And I hope Amanda’s kids don’t have red hair. Just. Saying.
God is good.

End of our freshman year. Long to short hair (ugh).
Aww, we were so little!
More freshman year, more bad hair. But good hearts 🙂
the L-A-T-E crew.
@ Nebraska City Arbor Day Farm Fall 2007.

Black Panther Bearings and other skater lingo.

The Little Tikes Sport Coupe. 
We found replacement wheels, so it looks like the little car’s going to last another 23 years.
PZ skateboarding.

Aaron doing fancy things.
This weekend Aaron and I drove back to his home in McCook. We enjoyed time with Mama and Papa Nix and the girls- Ivory, Melody and Lily; they’re fluff-ball Bichons and Aaron’s babies. Ivory is 119 in human years, and she’s the one in the picture. It was fun to talk about wedding stuff and enjoy the nicer weather. We were inspired by a beautiful copy of the Constitution in Aaron’s dad’s office and may have our colors picked out… sorry, Planet America/Patriotman fans; they’re not red, white and blue. 

I really enjoyed being at home this weekend. Even though it wasn’t my home, I’m so grateful to the Nixes for their love and willingness to make me family. They are such a blessing ( and I don’t use that word lightly)…
Aaron got out his skateboard and his Little Tikes car and we rode around his back yard. Lily freaks out when Aaron spins his skateboard wheels and runs underneath the couches, we learned. All in all, a beautiful weekend with a beautiful family. Glad they’re going to be mine 🙂